Stanley is already well-known with Tassie tourists as a must-visit town in the state’s north west. Scouts from DreamWorks, the major Hollywood film studio, have also chosen to feature the natural beauty of north west Tasmania as a stunning backdrop for “The Light Between Oceans”, a historical drama based on the M.L. Stedman novel of the same name. Excitement has been mounting as filming for the blockbuster movie looms. It’s not surprising to learn therefore, that Stanley has also been chosen by TasRes as the perfect location for their self-publishing residency, planned for December.

Self-Publishing - Church Street, Stanley
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Church Street, Stanley Tasmania (photo by Dan Fellow)

TasRes: Writers’ Self-Publishing Residency

Many of our readers have a creative bent, interested in photography and The Arts in general. But maybe you’re a writer, interested in the heady world of words? TasRes (in conjunction with partner Midlifexpress ePublishing) will offer aspiring (and experienced) writers the chance to join a weekend residential retreat designed to focus on self-publishing. Workshop participants will be hosted by Sue Bell and Julianne Clifford in the historic township of Stanley, an undisputedly picturesque and tranquil place.

For those unacquainted with the region, Stanley is a charming little town on the cusp of Tasmania’s north west and west coast regions. The location makes an ideal place for writers to generate networks while enjoying the famous local cuisine and nearby wilderness. While developing skills in the various fields of technology during workshops, there will also be time to relax, reflect and garner inspiration for writing projects.

Self-Publishing - The Nut, Stanley
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Inspiring for writers: The Nut, Stanley (Photo by Dan Fellow)

Residency Facilitators

Sue Bell and Julianne Clifford are well-qualified to provide writers with technological know-how…

Sue Bell (MA) is a writer, teacher of Media and Digital Media Studies and Adobe Education Leader. Sue has worked at Swinburne, Latrobe and Melbourne Universities and presented on behalf of Pearson Publishing and Adobe. She has a Masters in Creative Writing, an Advanced Dip Digital Media and a Dip Ed in Education. Sue has created online resources for women transitioning into careers, written articles and books for Midlifexpress a blog and publishing site, published to Amazon and runs courses on Indesign for digital and print media.

Julianne Clifford holds a doctorate in History and Creative Arts and presents at international conferences in arts and education. Julianne is a practising artist and photographer and her career spans extensive doctoral exhibitions, photographic exhibition in Budapest, the development of training centres, managing and curating for an art gallery and textile design and development. Her expertise lies in writing (fiction, non-fiction and education), design (apparel and textile) using Illustrator, games design character development, photography and the use of Photoshop.

Self-Publishing - TasRes Writers' Retreat, Stanley
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Stanley Writers’ Self-Publishing Residency

Digital and Print Publication

Writers will emerge from the retreat with newly-acquired skills essential for confidently self-publishing their work. Intensive workshops will cover publication in print and digital eReaders. Also learn how to output to Epub, interactive PDF or Kindle. Workshops include Indesign and Photoshop sessions on layout and design, converting manuscripts for print and digital distribution and designing a book cover. During their stay, writers will be encouraged to contribute a short piece of work for publication in a forthcoming anthology.

It would be a shame to leave Stanley without sightseeing. That’s why the organisers of the Writers’ Self-Publishing Retreat will incorporate time in the schedule to discover the famous tourists attractions, including The Nut, wharf precinct and beautiful walking trails.

Self-Publishing - Stanley Cafe, The Nut
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Craft Gallery and Cafe… see the zig zag track on The Nut?

Self-Publishing - North West Tasmania
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Cattle graze by the ocean at Stanley (photo by Carol Haberle)

Self-Publishing - Lyons Cottage, Stanley
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Cottage: Jospeh Lyons was born in Stanley (photo by Dan Fellow)

Self-Publishing - View of Stanley from The Nut
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Inspiring views over Stanley and beyond from the top of The Nut

Self-Publishing - Stanley Seal Cruises
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Seal cruises, a popular thing to do in Stanley Tasmania

Self-Publishing - Highfield House
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Highfield House and The Nut (photo by Dan Fellow)

The Stanley Writers’ Self-Publishing Retreat is suitable for writers at all stages of their career. Bookings are open now for the retreat, to be held December 12 to 14. The cost is $199 and includes all workshops, guest speakers and eLearning materials. Book before November 12 and receive an early bird discount of $50. You can book for the Stanley Writers’ Self-Publishing Retreat online. For further details visit the TasRes website or contact Sue Bell or Julianne Clifford.

TasRes Art and Technology is a registered member of Think Tasmania.

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